Coming Home? Patterns and Characteristics of Return Migration in Kyrgyzstan

Thieme, Susan (2014). Coming Home? Patterns and Characteristics of Return Migration in Kyrgyzstan. International migration, 52(5), pp. 127-143. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/j.1468-2435.2011.00724.x

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Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Kazakhstan are all major destinations for labour migrants from rural areas of southern Kyrgyzstan. Along with searching for better income, younger men and women also migrate for educational purposes; children and elderly people stay behind. While older migrants often regard this separation from their families as temporary, younger people start to put down roots in places other than their homes and this has long‐term consequences for development in rural areas. The paper therefore looks into families’ multi‐local settings and why young migrants fail to return home. It also considers the potential impact on rural development including remittance dependency, an increasing shortage of qualified labour and new conditions of social care. The paper concludes with an assessment of the policy implications.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Thieme, Susan

ISSN:

0020-7985

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Florian Dolder

Date Deposited:

14 Sep 2018 11:15

Last Modified:

14 Sep 2018 11:15

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1468-2435.2011.00724.x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119300

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119300

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